Mexico issues arrest warrants for ex-Pemex CEO Lozoya, family members
08 Jul 2019

Mexico’s attorney general’s office said on Friday that a judge issued arrest warrants for the former chief executive of state oil firm Pemex, Emilio Lozoya, three of his family members and one other person, in a graft case involving Brazilian builder Odebrecht.

The Finance Ministry said in May that it presented the attorney general’s office with three charges against Lozoya related to “acts of corruption” committed when he was at the helm of Pemex from 2012 to 2016.

Although the case was opened in January 2017 “the legal proceedings themselves did not start for years. Today we have obtained the arrest warrants that will now likely bring those involved to justice,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement on Friday.

The office said Interpol issued a red notice for all five people. Interpol describes a red notice as a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

The arrest warrants are for Lozoya, his wife Marielle Eckes, his sister Gilda Lozoya, his mother Gilda Austin, and Nelly Aguilera, a real estate tycoon, a government source told Reuters.

Lozoya has defended his innocence, arguing that a “media persecution” has been launched against him and his family. His lawyer has said he is in Mexico and will appear in court under “the right conditions.”

By Lizbeth Diaz and Diego Ore, Reuters, 5 July 2019

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Photo: Petroleromx [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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